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EPL PIX: Leicester impress new boss Rodgers with win over Brighton

February 27, 2019 10:02 IST

Images from the English Premier League matches played on Tuesday

Leicester City's Demarai Gray (left) celebrates with team mate Jamie Vardy as he scores his team's first goal against Leicester City and Brighton & Hove Albion at The King Power Stadium in Leicester

IMAGE: Leicester City's Demarai Gray (left) celebrates with team mate Jamie Vardy as he scores his team's first goal against Leicester City and Brighton & Hove Albion at The King Power Stadium in Leicester. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Brendan Rodgers was named LeicesterCity's new manager after the Northern Irishman signed a deal to June 2022, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday.

The 46-year-old former Celtic boss had been linked with the position at the King Power Stadium since Leicester sacked Claude Puel on Sunday, following their 4-1 home league defeat by CrystalPalace.

 

It is Rodgers' first position in the Premier League since being sacked by Liverpool in 2015. Prior to Liverpool he was in charge at SwanseaCity, where he promoted a brand of possession-based play inspired by his interest in Spanish football.

"I'm very privileged and honoured to be here as LeicesterCity manager and I'll give my life to make the supporters proud of their club," Rodgers said in a statement.

"Together, we'll be stronger and I'm looking forward to working with the players, staff and supporters to make the right steps forward."

He was at King Power Stadium for the visit of Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday before taking charge ahead of Sunday's trip to Watford.

Leicester City impressed the new manager, who was watching from the stands, with a 2-1 win over Brighton.

Demarai Gray put the hosts ahead and Jamie Vardy made it 2-0 after the break but Brighton hit back through Davy Propper.

Glenn Murray blazed over a glorious chance to equalise for Brighton when the score was 1-0.

Leicester, who were under the command of Mike Stowell and Adam Sadler on Tuesday, had picked up only one point from the previous 18 available -- a run that ended Puel's tenure.

Leicester City's new manager Brendan Rodgers is introduced to the fans at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday

IMAGE: Leicester City's new manager Brendan Rodgers is introduced to the fans at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

While Leicester look safe in 11th spot, Chris Hughton's Brighton side are only three points above Southampton after a run of seven league games without a victory.

"I'm absolutely delighted to bring a manager of Brendan's calibre to Leicester and I look forward to seeing what he, our talented, young squad and our dedicated, skilled team of staff can achieve together," Leicester vice chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said.

"As projects, including the development of our new training ground and the proposed expansion of King Power Stadium continue to take shape, and as a young squad of great potential begins to mature, Brendan and his colleagues arrive at an exciting time for LeicesterCity."

Celtic had "reluctantly" given Rodgers permission to speak to the Premier League club earlier on Tuesday.

Since arriving at Parkhead in 2016, Rodgers has won two league titles, three Scottish League Cups and two Scottish Cups.

Rodgers's return to the Premier League at Leicester is a rare case of a club making the perfect appointment: He is young enough to have the hunger and desire to succeed and experienced enough from his time at Swansea and Liverpool to ensure he is ready for what the League can throw at a manager.

His former side Celtic are currently eight points clear of local rivals Rangers in the Scottish Premiership as they chase an eighth consecutive top division title.

They reached the group stages of the Champions League in Rodgers' first two campaigns but were eliminated by AEK Athens in the third qualifying round this season.

Earlier this month, Celtic were knocked out of the Europa League at the last 32 stage for the second successive season after being beaten by Valencia.

Puel left Leicester after going seven matches without a win in all competitions, a run that left the Foxes 12th in the league standings, eight points above the relegation zone.

Newcastle United's Martin Dubravka in action during the match against Burnley at St James' Park

IMAGE: Newcastle United's Martin Dubravka in action during the match against Burnley at St James' Park. Photograph: Lee Smith/Action Images via Reuters

In other matches on the night, Newcastle United put more daylight between themselves and the Premier League's relegation places but CardiffCity remained stuck in the mire and Brighton and Hove Albion's slump continued on a busy night at the bottom on Tuesday.

Rafa Benitez's Newcastle side claimed a fourth successive home win as they beat Burnley 2-0 -- a result which ended the visitors' eight-match unbeaten streak in the league.

Fabian Schar and Sean Longstaff both scored before halftime as Newcastle moved up to 13th, seven points above the drop zone.

"We still have to keep winning games and do what we are doing already, continue to do the same great performance like today with great team spirit," Benitez said.

Gylfi Sigurdsson became the highest-scoring Icelandic player in Premier League history with two goals in Everton's 3-0 win at Cardiff, who have conceded eight times in two home games.

Sigurdsson began the night level on 55 goals with former Chelsea player Eidur Gudjohnsen but moved ahead on his own with two clinical strikes to deflate the struggling Welsh side.

While Everton's win, after three consecutive losses, lifted them to ninth, Cardiff remain one point and one place above the bottom three and will drop below the dreaded line if 18th-placed Southampton avoid defeat at home to Fulham on Wednesday.

HuddersfieldTown are almost certainly doomed to relegation but they finally had something to smile about as they beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 to end a 14-game winless run.

Steve Mounie's stoppage-time goal earned Jan Siewert his first victory as manager and sparked joyous scenes.

The focus shifts to the title race on Wednesday when leaders Liverpool host Watford and in-form ManchesterCity, who are one point behind, host West Ham United.

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